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How to Avoid Burnout and Boreout at Work?


January 18th, 2024


A psychologist and trainer, Tiina Saar-Veelmaa visited us at Workland Fahle and led a deeply insightful workshop where we explored crucial aspects of work happiness and strategies to address burnout and boreout.

We loved learning from her and want to share this valuable information with all the team leaders, mentors, or anyone else who values workplace happiness!

Tiina Saar-Veelmaa, a psychologist and trainer.
Tiina Saar-Veelmaa, a psychologist and trainer.

Here are the key takeaways along with actionable suggestions for team leaders:

→ Understanding Work Happiness: Recognize that happiness at work involves more than traditional goal-oriented approaches. Shift focus towards engagement, growth, and well-being. Encourage a future-oriented mindset with a lifestyle and self-realization focus.

→ Implementing Rituals: Rituals like fika, utsuwa, ikigai, and pyt contribute positively to the work environment. Introduce regular rituals for reflection, celebration, sharing, rest, and development. Consider implementing simple practices like team breakfasts or weekly reflection sessions.

→ Motivation and Curiosity: Prioritize curiosity over criticism for a more positive work culture. Foster a culture of curiosity by encouraging continuous learning, knowledge-sharing sessions, and promoting an open dialogue for constructive feedback.

The Creative Interview – coaching questions.
The Creative Interview – coaching questions.

→ Supportive Leadership: Valued leaders elevate rather than diminish their team members. Promote a leadership style that supports and uplifts team members. Provide mentorship, encourage open communication, and recognize achievements regularly.

→ Human Connection in the Workplace: Human connection is at the heart of the new way of working. Foster a supportive work culture where collaboration is encouraged, and individuals feel a sense of belonging. Organize team-building events and encourage cross-functional collaborations.

→ Measuring and Addressing Team Tension: Proactively measure tension in the team and address it accordingly. Implement regular team assessments using a scale of 1-10 to identify tension levels. Use mediation or team-building events as needed to improve team dynamics.

HappyMe workshop on burnout and boreout at Workland Fahle.
HappyMe workshop on burnout and boreout at Workland Fahle.

→ Preventing Burnout and Boreout: Recognize signs of burnout and boreout early to prevent long-term negative effects. Encourage job crafting by empowering individuals to reassess tasks and delegate where possible. Provide avenues for open communication about workload and job satisfaction.

→ Stress Management: Understand the physiological effects of stress and aim for a positive work environment. Provide stress management resources, promote a healthy work-life balance, and address potential stressors such as poor leadership or complicated relationships.

→ Holistic Well-being Initiatives: Introduce well-being programs that encompass physical, psychological, and social well-being. Consider initiatives such as wellness workshops, flexible work arrangements, and employee assistance programs.

Implementing even small changes can contribute significantly to a happier and more fulfilling work environment!

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